Pichon's the man in the middle

With the regular season beginning to wind down, Salmen sits at the top spot in the Class 4A rankings. The 7-0 Spartans are blessed with several senior college prospects, including three-star defensive tackle Malcolm Pichon.

With the lone exception of the John Curtis game in Week Four, the Salmen Spartans haven't even been tested this year en route to a 7-0 record.

The Spartans won that battle against Curtis, beating the Patriots on the road in Kenner by a score of 28-21. The closest margin of defeat for any other foe has been Belle Chasse, which dropped a 45-19 decision to Salmen the week after the Curtis game.

Over the past two weeks, the Spartans have outscored their opponents by a 99-7 margin and one more tune-up (Riverdale) remains before all eyes in Louisiana turn to a critical televised matchup with district rival Franklinton.

Last year, Salmen and Franklinton met twice, with the Demons coming out on top in each game. During the regular season, Franklinton won, 20-14, and in the semifinals, the Demons prevailed by a surprising 60-0 score in a snowstorm.

"We've had a fire burning in our stomach since last year," said three-star Salmen defensive tackle Malcolm Pichon. "We're more hungry as a result of what happened with Franklinton."

What are Pichon's thoughts on his team's wonderful season to date?

"It's a good feeling; it's fun," he said. "The seniors are all used to playing together since we were in junior high, and we have a lot of experience together. We all love playing football."

Which schools are recruiting Pichon?

"I have offers from Louisiana Tech, SMU, and Memphis," he said, "and I'm still hearing regularly from those schools. Kansas State has been talking about offering me and they're coming to watch the Franklinton game.

"I love the coaching staff at Tech. I'm being recruited by Coach (Stan) Eggen and the Tech staff makes me feel at home. Coach Eggen is a good recruiter. Western Kentucky is another school that's started to recruit me lately."

Pichon, who is averaging eight tackles a game, doesn't have a timetable for his decision to commit, but he admits that Kansas State could have an advantage if the Wildcats decide to offer. Pichon's teammate, Daniel Sams, is one of the top quarterbacks in the state and is already committed to the Wildcats.

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